Pro­test­ers to rally in Athens against aus­ter­ity

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Farm­ers who have been block­ing road junc­tions for three weeks in protest at the gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing aus­ter­ity pro­gram are to con­verge in Athens to­mor­row for a demon­stra­tion. Talks be­tween gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and union­ists at the end of last week failed to yield a com­pro­mise, prompt­ing union­ists to threaten fur­ther ac­tion. Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Van­ge­lis Apos­tolou de­scribed last week’s dis­cus­sion as “pro­duc­tive,” not­ing how­ever that “fis­cal mea­sures can­not be changed.” Van­ge­lis Boutas, a se­nior mem­ber of the na­tional com­mit­tee co­or­di­nat­ing the farm­ers’ protests, struck a dif­fer­ent tone. “Noth­ing pos­i­tive what­so­ever emerged from the dis­cus­sion,” he re­marked. He called on “all Greeks” to join a protest by farm­ers in cen­tral Athens to­mor­row and said road block­ades across the coun­try would con­tinue. Mean­while, the civil ser­vants’ union ADEDY called for a work stop­page be­tween 12.30 p.m. and the end of the shift to­mor­row so that public sec­tor work­ers can join the farm­ers’ rally in Athens on the same day. It was not clear what im­pact the ac­tion would have on state ser­vices.

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